Monday, July 27, 2009

Bits and Pieces – July 27, 2009

Does the Iranian opposition need leadership? The initial response to an apparently rigged election made sense. But what else is the opposition asking for? What are they opposing? Until we hear some reasonably unified answers from them, it’s very difficult to support or oppose them. Fareed Zakaria is trying to figure this out, too.

We are finding new mammal species because we humans are moving into more of their habitats.

I’m wondering why the interest in Central Asian military bases is centering on Kyrgyzstan, rather than Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The last three are politically unstable, which may be part of the reason, and Kazakhstan is big enough to act fairly independently. If geography were the basis, I think I’d go for Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan. The others are awfully mountainous.

North Korea wants two-party talks
with the United States, not the six-party talks. It’s worth remembering that the two states are at war; the Korean War was ended with an armistice.

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